Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Bee Bread is actually Bee Pollen that has been packed by bees into granules, with added honey or nectar. But it’s not just that. An enzyme (saliva) is added to prevent germination, metabolizing the pollen for food, thus preserving the bee pollen benefit nutritionally for human beings and that is how we get Bee Bread.  Many health experts refer to Bee Bread as a complete food. It has been used as a supplement for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world.  Bee Bread is actually what is fed to all of the Larvae and Adult drones within a hive by the nurse bees. A full colony of bees can actually pull in as many as 50,000 loads of pollen a day. Some people see Bee Bread as a performance enhancer in sports and a general health enhancer and that it increases Oxygen uptake and accelerates recovery time in training, though there her been no conclusive medical research to support these claims. Still, rumours swirl that many Olympic athletes use and swear by Bee Bread as a great way to help boost performance.  I have a friend who is a altra marathoner.  Altra marathoners, are people who run 50 mile-100mile marathons.  My friend has used Bee Bread as his main source of protein and energy gel during his runs.  He says when he eats BeeBread he feels like he has air under his feet, like flying. It’s that great boost of energy that helps him to continue on.   I eat Bee Bread not to run 50 miles or even 3 miles, but to work out in my garden, in 85 degree weather.  A quart of water and a tablespoon or two of Bee Bread – Shake and drink.  It works! I get the energy to continue on and finish my work.  Try this yummy Breakfast Smoothie.

Energy Bee Bread Smoothie

  • 1 Tbsp Bee Bread
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 cup  Pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop or protein powder – I use Raw Fit by Garden of Life
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • two handful scoops of ice

Blend all ingredients in mixer for 2 minutes- the longer you blend the creamer the smoothie and you won’t get a brain freeze either.   Smoothies are a wonderful thing!